… says ‘their visit to Rivers counterpart gross miscalculation’
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki says Friday’s visit of some All Progressives Congress state governors to their Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, is an exercise in futility.
On Friday, governors of Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo states, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dr Kayode Fayemi and Olurotimi Akeredolu had met with Wike behind closed doors in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
But Saraki, who spoke with reporters in Ilorin, t the Kwara State capital, after the Eid celebration, said the APC governors’ visit to Wike would amount to nothing at the end of the day because PDP would not allow the Rivers governor to go.
Saraki said, “Governor Wike is an important member of our party and I am very confident that in no distant time, we will sit down and address all the issues. There is no doubt about it that he has cause to feel the way he does, but there are better ways by which issue like this can be resolved.
“The good thing is that we all talking to one another. We are on top of the situation and PDP will reunite and forge ahead to win the next elections. I assure you that PDP will definitely resolve its family issue that it currently has.
“The fact that some APC governors went to see their colleague, trying to capitalise on what they think is an issue is a gross miscalculation. At the end of the day, their visit is going no where.
“The APC governors know that it is this kind of a crack they need to latch on. Fortunately, we are not going to give him (Wike) to them because the election ahead is too important. The destinies of millions of Nigerians are too important and even bigger than any party or individual. I appreciate that, all our stakeholders appreciate that and Governor Wike himself appreciates that.”
The former Kwara State governor also blamed the ongoing strike by university unions in Nigeria on Federal Government’s insensitivity.
Saraki added, “There is no way I will be part of government as the Senate President and ASUU and other unions in the Universities will go on strike for months, that is absolutely not possible.
“It is lack of compassion and dedication. It is a matter that government should lock itself up in a room and refused to come out until the matter is resolved. But I have not seen that dedication. I don’t know whether you have seen it.
“That is the difference between PDP government and what we have now. It could not have happened under Presidents Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan.”